Action now needed on Land Reform

Commenting on the release of the Land Reform Review Group’s final report, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Claire Baker MSP said:

“I’d like to thank the members of the group, past and present, for all the work they have undertaken in producing this report. They are encouraging us to be radical in thinking and bold in action.  

“If we are serious in delivering for communities and opening up the opportunities our land offers us, we need to see further progress on land reform and this report lays out a number of options on how to proceed.

“The question is now to what extent the Government will be prepared to act. There are opportunities within this parliament to make progress and we should take them. However as indicated in the report, we have yet to see any substantive action from the SNP since they came into power in 2007.

“Land reform must not be kicked into the long grass, Scottish Labour is committed to radical reform and we will work with those willing to tackle the concentrated pattern of land ownership across our country.”

23 May 2014